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Can you tell me what is compartment syndrome?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Compartment syndrome

The muscle groups of the arms and legs are divided into sections, or compartments, formed by tough fascial membranes.
Compartment syndrome occurs when increased pressure within a compartment compromises the delivery of blood and function of the tissues within that space. It can occur following acute trauma, or chronically, as seen in athletes. Acute compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency.

In brief: Compartment syndrome

The muscle groups of the arms and legs are divided into sections, or compartments, formed by tough fascial membranes.
Compartment syndrome occurs when increased pressure within a compartment compromises the delivery of blood and function of the tissues within that space. It can occur following acute trauma, or chronically, as seen in athletes. Acute compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency.
Dr. Michael Ekizian
Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Surgery - Trauma

In brief: Serious

It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated.
It results from pressure on those tissues, often from fracture or crush injury.

In brief: Serious

It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated.
It results from pressure on those tissues, often from fracture or crush injury.
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: There are 2 types

The 2 types of compartment synd.
Include traumatic & exercise induced. The first occurs after a significant injury where swelling within the limb gets so bad that blood flow to the tissue is compromised. It is a surgical emergency and needs to be addressed asap. The exercise type is way different. It happens after exercise & resolves short after stopping. Long term, it might need surgery.

In brief: There are 2 types

The 2 types of compartment synd.
Include traumatic & exercise induced. The first occurs after a significant injury where swelling within the limb gets so bad that blood flow to the tissue is compromised. It is a surgical emergency and needs to be addressed asap. The exercise type is way different. It happens after exercise & resolves short after stopping. Long term, it might need surgery.
Dr. Robert Purchase
Dr. Robert Purchase
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